The History of NAS Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Attacks of 7 December 1941, This is No Drill

This is a carefully and extensively researched book that paints a memorable picture of perhaps the most memorable event in US military history. There is good pace and impact in the text with the support of a great many outstanding images . – Most Highly Recommended


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NAME: The History of NAS Pearly Harbor and the Japanese Attacks of 7 December 
1941, This is No Drill
FILE: R2736
AUTHOR: J Michael Wenger, Robert j Cressman, John F Di Virgilio
PUBLISHER: Naval Institute Press
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 261
PRICE: US$44.95
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: 1941, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, Pacific, 
Pearl Harbour, US Navy, USAAF, Japan, Imperial Japanese Navy, carrier warfare, 
strategic bombing, tactical bombing, naval warfare

ISBN: 978-1-68247-181-4

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DESCRIPTION:  This is a carefully and extensively researched book that paints 
a memorable picture of perhaps the most memorable event in US military 
history.  There is good pace and impact in the text with the support of a great 
many outstanding images . - Most Highly Recommended

The surprise attack by Japanese Navy aircraft on the US Pacific Fleet in port was a great shock to 
Americans. As a military action, it may be considered a failure because the USN carriers were at sea 
and escaped attack. The US Navy was able to rapidly move assets from the Atlantic seaboard and US 
shipyards were soon constructing replacement vessels of greater power and flexibility.

The iconic nature of the incident has produce acres of print over the years, but this new book charts its 
own course with new detail and insights. The illustration is outstanding and the text electric, making this 
one of the foremost accounts of the battle and a durable reference book with extensive notes and 
bibliography.

The Japanese had been impressed by the British carrier attack on the Italian Fleet in harbour and took 
lessons from a study of that battle into the planning of their attack on the USN at Pearl Harbour. There 
are still many questions outstanding about the conduct of the Japanese and the intelligence available to 
the US Federal Government. Some may never be fully answered. What can be reviewed is the conduct 
of the US military on the scene and the Japanese attackers, with the authors of this work uncovering 
new material.

What makes this a particularly important book is that it presents the vivid recollections of those who 
were there, American and Japanese. This builds into a detailed combat narrative that recognizes the 
views from both sides. It contrasts with some earlier reviews of the battle which generally paint the US 
forces as having been caught unprepared and making little effective response to the attackers. There were 
many incidents of great courage, no military panic and an aggressive spirit to recover. Many lessons 
were learned.

Most warships in any navy at that date were inadequately equipped to fight naval aircraft. The British 
were the best equipped, having learned the hard way from the outbreak of war, but even they still had a 
long way to. By the end of WWII major warships were festooned with anti-aircraft guns and supported 
by their own naval aviators. 

This book is a must read for any serious naval history enthusiast and for professionals. It is also the best 
starting point for those coming new to the topic area.